Wi-Fi : 10 Ways Check out these quick tips to improve your wireless signal on your router, extend and upgrade your Wi-Fi coverage, and speed up your filtering.
Browsing is slow to crawl, inability to broadcast live, discard Wi-Fi signals, dead wireless sites — all of these problems are weird in a world where internet access has become, for some, as necessary as breathing. (Well, maybe not so important … but it still matters.)
If you feel that your Wi-Fi is running low, there are a number of tools you can use to monitor your internet speed. There are several strategies you can try to solve your network problems. However, if the only way to get a decent reception is to stand next to your wireless router, these simple tips can help improve your network.
Check Your Internet Connectivity
Before you suspect Wi-Fi, make sure that the Internet that comes into your home is working properly. Find an Ethernet cable and connect your computer directly to your modem — you may need a USB to Ethernet adapter if your laptop does not have an Ethernet port.
Do a speed test to see your online speed. If it does not match the speed of your online bill, you may need to call your ISP or change your modem. If your speed test is similar to your online bill, but it still seems slow, it may be time to run for a better plan. (My grandmother believed her Wi-Fi was wrong, so I told her she had signed up for a 3Mbps snail’s-speed connection.)
If the modem appears OK, try starting the test again without a cord, standing near the router. If you find the same good speeds near the router, but not elsewhere in the house, then your Wi-Fi installation may be the case. Your internet is still near the router, you may have some outdated gear that needs upgrading.
Update Your Rotator Firmware
Before you start fixing things, it is a good idea to review your router. Router manufacturers are constantly developing software to get more speed. How easy it is — or how difficult — to upgrade your firmware depends entirely on your device manufacturer and model.
Most current routers have an update process built directly into the administrative interface. So it’s just a matter of hitting the firmware upgrade button. Some models, especially when they are older. Still require you to visit the manufacturer’s website, download the firmware file to your router support page, and upload it to the interface manager. It ‘s tiring, but it’ s still a good thing to do because it can be an easy fix.
In fact, even if your wireless network isn’t sick. You should make it a goal to update your firmware regularly to improve performance, better features, and security updates. For help with this, we have a guide for accessing your router settings.
If you really want to get the most out of your current router. The operator should look at a third-party firmware, such as open-source-DD-WRT. This can increase performance and give you access to more advanced network features. Including the ability to install a virtual private network (VPN) right on your router. It is very difficult to set up, but for tech-savvy users, it may benefit.
Achieve Positive Positioning
Not all homes will distribute the Wi-Fi signal evenly. The fact is, where you place the router can greatly affect your wireless installation. It may seem logical that the railway should be inside the cabinet and out of the driveway. Or near the window where the cable enters, but that is not always the case. Instead of placing it on the far edge of your house. The router should be in the middle of your house, if possible, so that its signal can easily reach each corner.
In addition, wireless routers require open spaces, away from walls and obstacles. So while trying to put that ugly black box. In the closet or in the back of a pile of books, you’ll get a better signal when surrounded by open air (which should prevent the trail from overheating, too). Keep it away from heavy electrical appliances or electrical items as well, as using nearby ones can affect Wi-Fi performance. If you are able to eliminate even one wall between your workspace and router, you can greatly improve performance.
If your router has external antennas, direct them directly to shut off. You can. It even helps to lift the track — mount it on a wall or on a shelf for a better signal. There are many tools that can help you visualize the availability of your network. We love Ekahau Heatmapper or MetaGeek’s inSSIDer, which shows you both the weakest and strongest areas on your Wi-Fi network. There are many mobile apps, too, like Netgear’s WiFi Analytics.
What Is Your Frequency?
Check your network administrator interface and make sure you have it working properly. If you have a two-band router, you will probably get better output by switching to the 5GHz band instead of using the standard 2.4GHz band.
5GHz not only provides faster speeds, but you may experience minor interruptions from other wireless networks and devices, as the 5GHz frequency is not used normally. (It does not catch obstacles and distances well, however, so it will not reach the 2.4GHz signal.)
Many modern two-band routers should give you the option to use the same network name, or SSID, for both bands. Check the interface of your router. Look at the 5GHz network option. And give it the same SSID and password as your 2.4GHz network. That way, your devices will automatically select the best signal whenever they can.
(If your route does not provide you with an option to use the same SSID. Just give it another name — such as SmithHouse-5GHz — and try to connect to it by doing so whenever possible.)